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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 7, 2009 8:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: indoors

What are your opinions on best sounding indoor venue that you you saw the grateful dead play, obviously the older fossil like folk round here had the opportunity to see them in the smaller type theatres and clubs....

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Oct 7, 2009 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

i never seen the dead in anything smaller than hampton!!~ but i did catch a phil show at the mousque in richmond round 2000!! he had to stop in the middle of his encore >>>passenger!! cause the band shook loose the water pipes in the place!!~ flooded backstage!!~ :) gone are the day's

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Poster: BongWzrd Date: Oct 8, 2009 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

A member below mentioned the Uptown in Chicago, I heard it had really great sound, I love the 81' Tour opening run there...Too bad I was only 3 years old at the time..

I saw the week long run of Phil and Friends at The Riv in Chicago in 2000, fantastic sound...

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Oct 8, 2009 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

I've literally seen dozens of shows at the Riv. I love the place. The problem is that a packed show tends to have a lot of SRO. I saw Todd Rundgren there a number of times, but on one occasion, standing in line before the show, the girl I was going with broke up with me. I proceded to enjoy (albeit with a little too much vodka) the show so much that I remember very little of it. There's a barrier surrounding the dance floor, and at some point, I hit the back of my neck against it, and gave myself such a nasty whiplash that I was unable to move for weeks. To top it off, I only remember the first three songs. I don't even know how I got home...

Those were young and really stupid days.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 7, 2009 8:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

I was lucky enough to catch five of the Radio City shows in '80, and the Merriweather Pavillion and Saratoga PAC both had excellent acoustics as well. But I think the two shows I saw at the fabulous Fox in Atlanta in '85 were an even bigger treat. The Fox definately had the cleanest restrooms of any venue that I attended...



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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 7, 2009 8:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

I'm with Cliff - the Fox in Atlanta.

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Poster: mickmac Date: Oct 7, 2009 8:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

Boston's Music Hall!

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 8, 2009 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

The LA Shrine was pretty cool. Saw them there in 76. The interior could do a number on your brain. Cops were ass holes though.

How about the strangest? My vote goes for the El Monte Swing. Anybody else been there?

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Poster: amosearle Date: Oct 7, 2009 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

Fox Atlanta '85. Peak shows for me in terms of the event in total.

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Poster: gumby69 Date: Oct 8, 2009 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

There are lots of terrific indoor venues. Being from Canada Copps Coliseum is great accoustically (Tool said it is one of their favorites for this reason) also the Rockpalast sounds great (Youtube althea 81). More than anything though it comes down to the sound engineer. He/she can make a shit venue sound great, as i've seen it happen first hand.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Oct 7, 2009 10:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

Let's not forget the wonderful Warfield Theater. Never got to see the Dead there but many good times with the Jerry band.
As for the best sounding shows I saw I think it had less to do with the venue than the equipment and how well the crew was able to adjust the sound to the room. Actually some of the best sounding shows were in some of the worst venues. I remember Brendon Byrne, the Spectrum and even the Oakland Coliseum sounding great at times. They even got the Boston Garden to sound good in most spots in 91.
I guess if I choose the best indoor arena that I went to by staff courtesy, good sound, and stage view ability, it would go to The Crisler arena in Ann Arbor. But the best sounding show I ever went to was at an outdoor stadium called Autzen.

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Poster: BVD Date: Oct 7, 2009 11:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

The best small venue I saw them at was The Stanley Theatre in Jersey City...saw 9/26,9/27 and 9/28/72 run. Old 30s movie palace. Great acoustics.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Oct 7, 2009 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

I must cast my vote for the venerable Uptown Theatre in Chicago. Site of my second show.

I only wish that they'd rehab that old place.

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Poster: joeken Date: Oct 7, 2009 11:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: indoors

I've got two; The Silva Hall at the Hult Center in Eugene Oregon, and the Paramount Theater in Portland.
The Paramount is an old restored theater that seats 2700. Saw the Dead there in 1976 and again in 1977. All four of those shows were outstanding, esp the emotion of the first show back from their vacation.
Silva Hall is a much newer venue that seats 2500 and has excellent acoustics and a very cozy feel. Saw the Dead there in 1983 and again in 1984. Obviously the shows weren't as good as 76-77 but they were still pretty damn good.
Venues like those always made it a little hard to enjoy the stadium shows that came later.